Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There (Abridged and Illustrated)

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5.0 X 7.99 X 0.19 inches | 0.21 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, and photographer. He is especially remembered for bringing to life the beloved and long-revered tale of Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871).
Fiza Pathan was born in Mumbai, India on March 19th, 1989. She finished her high school education from Bombay Scottish School, a reputed ICSE School in Mumbai. She then attended St Andrews College to pursue her B.A. degree in History and Sociology and graduated with a first class. A trained teacher, she graduated with a first class from the St Theresa's Institute of Education, Santa Cruz, her special subjects being History and English She has written nine award-winning books and won over forty literary awards. She lives now with her maternal family in Mumbai and writes novels and short stories which include almost all genres. She has been 'adopted' by two stray cats who answer to the names of Lopez and Ayn Rand. You may follow her on Twitter @FizaPathan and subscribe to her blog http: //


"A clever retelling of Carroll's classic story with all the imagery of the original." --The Wishing Shelf


It is, I think, very important to open the classics to younger children. Although the original texts are, of course, the best, there is still plenty of room for a good retelling, particularly if the story can then be accessed by younger readers.

In this abridgment of Lewis Carroll's popular children's novel, the authors have worked very hard to include many aspects of the original, from the Jabberwocky to Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Also, the imagery of 'chess' is still prominent, as is the 'mirror' theme, i.e. everything seems to be backwards.

I think, all in all, the authors have worked wonders with this retelling. It must be remembered, this is a difficult story in many ways. Carroll, I think, is a rather odd writer who tends not to focus so much on plot, but on setting and character - and, of course, trying to confuse the reader as much as possible. I often wonder if, when he wrote his Alice books, he wasn't enjoying a large number of mind-altering drugs.

But, thankfully, the two authors have persevered. And, by doing so, are offering 7 - 12 year olds a very accessible text. Carroll's word play is still there, as is his logic and, of course, his fantasy. But, with a text of this sort, the young reader now has a chance of understanding it. Well, most of it anyway.

Finally, to the drawings. The illustrator is very talented; VERY talented, helping the reader to picture the characters and to understand Carroll's often surreal settings. Although I enjoyed the story, it was, in fact, the drawings that blew my mind. If I ever write a children's book, I will be turning to Farzana Cooper to illustrate it.

To sum up, this retelling would, I think, would be welcome in any school library. And, if I was trying to help a younger child to access Carroll's work, a book of this nature would be most welcome. Let's face it, it has to be better than the 2016 Johnny Depp film. Now that was terrible!

--A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review